ArtBeat: Sierra Furtwangler’s “This Is Not a Sloth (Tip of My Rod)”
Thankfully, good art still has the capability of stopping me dead in my tracks as I stroll down the street or through a gallery.
And that’s exactly what happened during a recent visit to Albany Center Gallery to see the two-woman show, “It’s the Thread That Binds,” featuring the work of fiber-artists Jennifer Hunold and Sierra Furtwangler.
I turned a corner and suddenly came face-to-face with a leering, sneering creature hanging upside down from a tree branch that juts out from the wall.
It’s “This Is Not a Sloth (Tip of My Rod),” a bold, uncompromising sculptural installation. The creature is somewhat familiar as a sloth, and yet it’s also a fantastical, mythological being that seems dropped into the room from a distant galaxy, an alternate universe or at least another dimension. “This is my room. This is my space,” it seems to declare in an undeniably confrontational manner.
The work is a wonder to behold. It’s carefully crafted from scraps of fabric, faux fur and most ingeniously – old punk, metal and rock and roll t-shirts. The creature is garish and grotesque, aggressive and nightmarish…and so beautiful.
See it while you can – your last chance to view “It’s the Thread That Binds” at the Albany Center Gallery is Saturday (April 17).